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April 17, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Three

5

Mike Gianella

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

12-Team Mixed Hitter
Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins

A return to the Twin Cities seems to have done Kubel a world of good, and injuries to Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have converted Kubel from a platoon player into a full-timer. The fun isn’t going to last forever, but as long as Kubel is swinging a hot bat he is fine as a mixed league play in the outfield. Your best bet is to try to make sure that the Twins are facing a right-handed heavy group of pitchers before setting your line-up for the week; losing Kubel two or more times a week or having Ron Gardenhire stick Kubel in there against a lefty isn’t the best use of a roster spot in mixed.


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August 28, 2013 6:48 am

Sporer Report: Six September Stashes

5

Paul Sporer

Paul breaks down six pitchers who have succeeded in the upper minors and might provide fantasy value down the stretch.

For the third straight week now the Sporer Report has an eye on September. This time around, I’ve got six potential National League September call-ups, all pitchers, who could bring solid value down the stretch. This is some deep speculation, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to take the plunge. The recent news in Queens takes some punch out of a couple of these, but you’ll have to trust that they made my list last week when I compiled both the AL and NL lists.

Those of you in 10- and 12-team mixers likely don’t need to pounce just yet and in fact shouldn’t pounce just yet unless you’ve got remarkably deep rosters. Instead, use this as a cheatsheet of who to keep tabs on as we now sit just four days from September 1. Those of you in deeper leagues might find a few of these guys already rostered, but most should be available, and if you have the roster space, then you should consider getting the jump on your league mates. These are ranked in order of potential impact which accounts for the likelihood that they even get the call.

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Paul & Doug discuss what is wrong with Jon Lester since mid-May and dive into Strasburg's season. Next GOTW: Francisco Liriano at Mike Leake

Stephen Strasburg gives the guys a very interesting start to discuss as he shows flashes of brilliance in a start that ended up rather mediocre statistically speaking. Robbie Erlin suffers a tough day, but the outlook isn't quite as grim.

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June 28, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14

4

Paul Sporer

Paul helps you set your fantasy rotation for the coming week with a look at the two-start pitchers and their matchups.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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The Padres have an exceptionally deep system that ranks in the top five across baseball.

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November 16, 2012 5:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of November 15

5

Jason Martinez

Notes from around the AFL and Caribbean Winter Leagues

The Arizona Fall League regular season has come to an end -- Peoria will play Salt River in the Championship Game on Saturday -- so now the moment you've all been waiting for ... my AFL MVP and Cy Young picks. 

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November 12, 2012 5:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of November 9-11

5

Jason Martinez

Notes on players in the AFL, DWL, and PRBL.

Jurickson Profar was eight years old when future Licey teammate Jesus Colome made his major league debut in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. More than 11 years later, Profar was directly responsible for the 34 year-old Colome winning his first game of the 2012 DWL season. Details below ...

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November 6, 2012 5:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of November 5

0

Jason Martinez

Notes on eight players who had notable performances in Monday's AFL and DWL action.

I love this time of year. Hot Stove talk. NFL and College Football are in full swing. The NBA season is underway. And Baseball Prospectus has begun to release Top 10 Prospect Rankings, starting with the Astros. Oh yeah, and there's still plenty of baseball being played around the world. 

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Hey, it's the Padres. Stuff goes wrong in the majors, why can't it go wrong in the minors, too?

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December 13, 2011 3:00 am

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects

47

Kevin Goldstein

The Padres are the rare team with a very deep farm but no star-level talent.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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The Rangers trade for their second elite reliever in as many days.

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The Rangers prospects are blue-chip talents with rough edges, but will 2011 see them get sanded or beaten down?

Not so long ago, the Rangers' farm system put the sex in sexy, ranking as the top organization in baseball thanks to an assembly line of talent that ran from the lowest complex leagues all the way up to Triple-A. After a few seasons of major league promotion, attrition, and stagnation, the system has lost some of its mainstream shine. As we head into the 2011 season, the overall depth remains impressive, but depth is a drug without immediate effect. However, if you prepare yourself for the developmental hurdles, embracing a system stacked at the lower levels can be a more rewarding high, assuming of course that following the development of minor-league baseball players gets you high, which—believe me—it does.

For this article, let’s move away from the dreams associated with low-level depth, and take a look at the top five prospects in the Rangers’ system, and how their 2011 seasons might end up breaking a few hearts.

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